When our family first moved into our home five years ago, the central heating and air unit were brand new. We never considered that there would be a time when it would not be operating as we wanted it to. When the time to buy a new unit came, we found that the available options were more diverse than we thought. It was all too confusing. After researching the different options, I decided to create this blog. My hope is that others who are faced with this decision can find easy-to-understand information that can aid in quickly making an informed decision.
Do you need help determining whether or not it's time to replace your windows? While there is no answer that applies to every situation, the following guide can help you reach a final decision.
Are Your Windows Becoming High Maintenance?
Some types of windows require more work as they begin to age, especially if they have wooden frames. For example, it may be time to scrape and paint wooden frames if the old paint has begun to flake. Skipping this chore will result in rotten wood frames and no option but to replace. Another issue with older windows is failed glazing, causing the window glass to fall out of the frame. Although repairable, is it worth your time to do so?
Is Routine Cleaning a Chore?
Not all older windows were designed with ease of use in mind. Do your windows open easily so that you can readily access both sides for cleaning? If not, you may want to consider new windows that feature both top and bottom down access for easier cleaning. Failed dual pane windows can also impede cleaning, since these develop condensation between the layers of glass.
Can You Still Work Your Windows Easily?
Many things, from old hardware to warped frames, can make it difficult to open a window. Wood windows are especially prone to problems, since the frames are more likely to swell and become misshapen. If a deep cleaning of the windows tracks and replacement of any worn hardware doesn't fix the problem, it may be time to replace the window. It may even become difficult to find the right replacement hardware parts if your windows are exceptionally old.
Do You Worry About Energy Efficiency?
This isn't just about energy and money savings, but also comfort. Windows that lack proper insulation or efficiency can cause a room to overheat in the summer or become too chilling in the winter. Older windows aren't as likely to be as energy efficient as newer windows. This is especially true if you have single pane windows or failed dual pane windows. Improving your windows can also help save you money on your energy bills. Average savings up to $465 a year is possible with a simple upgrade to a double pane window. Upgrading to triple pane may save you even more.
If new windows seem like the right choice for your home, contact a local glass company, like Jesse's Tri-City Glass & Mirror Inc, to get started with the replacement process.
5 November 2015